Mount Adams: South Spur and Mazama Glacier

HARD 15 reviews
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Mount Adams: South Spur and Mazama Glacier is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Lake, Washington that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

views

rocky

snow

no shade

30 days ago

Great conditions right now - tough if you do it in one day

backpacking
1 month ago

Calorie burner; for the physically fit folks.

hiking
1 month ago

e started our hike mid-day after checking into the range station the road to the trail head is a nice drive and snow free. I made a video of our hike, it shows conditions and what to expect, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/AZKL70HpL3M
The trail from the trail-head to Lunch Counter was very well marked both with a solid boot pack and with trail markers eventually we ended putting on our crampons for a short steep section and left them on until we arrived at lunch counter, I would say they are recommended but it can be completed without them. We set up camp at lunch Counter right at the base of Pikers Peak. There is still alot of snow at Lunch Counter however there are tons of spots that are snow free. We started our push up Pikers at around 3:30am there was clear skies and the snow was solid. we took our time going up and arrived at the summit around 8:30am. The trail was nice all the way to the base of the true summit where people took there own routes to the summit I would exercise caution in this section. overall It was a great hike with amazing views check out my experience at: https://youtu.be/AZKL70HpL3M

Be safe out there,
NW Adventures

2 months ago

Stayed the night at lunch counter Tuesday and summited Wednesday...beautiful day. Great glissading chute all the way from pikers peak down to lunch counter.

hiking
3 months ago

Good mountain. Hard but going back this weekend. Done this three times now and got to top twice. Pretty as can be

11 months ago

difficult but fulfilling

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Had a great weekend up on the mountain! Clear, sunny skies. Nothing more than a light breeze, even on the summit. We spent the night at Lunch Counter and summited early the next morning. If I have any suggestions, they are these: bring so much sun screen and apply liberally; climb early in the morning when the snow is firmer; camp at Lunch Counter because the sunset, sunrise, and stars are phenomenal; lastly, try glissading, it's a blast!

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

The hike up to the Lunch Counter is about 3.5 miles. There were a lot of people on the mountain but there was still plenty of built up areas to pitch a tent. As you set up at the Lunch Counter you look up at Pikers Peak which is pretty impressive. The hike up is fairly strenuous but not technical. Just make sure you have crampons and an ice ax and know how to use them. Once on top of Pikers Peak there is still one more steep pitch to the top. Overall it is a very demanding climb but isn't technical so if you are in shape it should be a good place to start building some skills.

snowshoeing
Monday, May 31, 2010

had to hike in 4 miles to trailhead and rained on for first 6 miles. Next day made it to lunch counter at 9500 ft. Got cought in blizzard and stuck in tent for next 35 hrs. Never got chance to summit,made dangerous decent in 50 mph winds. All in All exciteing experience!!

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Sunday, September 25, 2016